Landfill Tax: Fraud

Treasury written question – answered at on 22 May 2024.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent steps he has taken to tackle landfill tax fraud.

Photo of Gareth Davies Gareth Davies The Exchequer Secretary

Over the last year HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has deployed additional resources to tackle landfill tax fraud and support the Joint Unit of Waste Crime (JUWC) and other agencies to identify and tackle wider waste crime. HMRC has created a new team to monitor high risk waste producers to deter misdescription at source and reduce non-compliance across the sector. It has increased compliance activity with landfill site operators to ensure they are complying with legislative requirements.

The government set out in the Landfill Tax Call for Evidence that as part of its Landfill Tax Review it would consider options for structural changes to the tax and the potential impacts on Landfill Tax fraud. This is alongside wider environmental regulatory reforms designed to improve compliance and tackle waste crime.

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